LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Police Department named their 2015 Officer of the Year award to Sergeant Mitch Sumrall.
Laurel Police Chief, Tyrone Stewart, says that Mitch Sumrall is the kind of guy every police chief wishes they had a department full of.
"Sergeant Sumrall is a man of very few words, but his actions is overwhelming." Stewart said, "When you talk about someone that's overcame so much adversity and still, he came to work, that's what you call leading without words."
Sumrall was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo several surgeries during 2015. Though he was taking treatments and having these surgeries, Sumrall never failed to go to work at the Laurel Police Department and make his presence known.
Sumrall was picked as the 2015 Officer of the Year from his fellow officers and not by the administration, though the administration was more than pleased with the choice.
When asked about how he felt being picked as Laurel's 2015 Officer of the Year, Sumrall gave a short but heartfelt reply.
"It's an honor to work for this department, it's a great department, a great administration and a great chief and a great city to work in." said Sumrall.
Sergeant Mitch Sumrall has been working for the Laurel Police Department for thirteen-years.